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"Telegraph Line From Skagway To Dawson"
Announced 18 March 1899
The Dominion Government of Canada has determined to construct a telegraph circuit to connect the Yukon Territories with British Columbia. A party of engineers has now left Ottawa for the Pacific Coast with instructions from the Canadian Government to commence at once the construction of the circuit from Skagway to Dawson City. The estimated cost of the 600 mile circuit between the two named points is expected to be $150,000. This cost is calculated on a basis price of $250 per telegraph mile. It is therefore expected the line will be operational by November 15 next instant. When completed, Dawson will be brought within six days' communication with Ottawa. Whether the sea link will subsequently be connected by a cable between Vancouver and Skagway, or whether the Government line from Quesnelle, in the Cariboo country, will be extended northward to connect with the Skagway and Dawson circuit, has yet to be determined. The Government has decided that the franchise for a telegraph line to Dawson is too valuable a circuit, and too important from the standpoint of national security, to be allowed to go into any other Government hands.